Tim Baker is a theatre director, adapter and writer.
Although based in Wales, Tim has worked in Catalonia, Portland, Patagonia, Norway and extensively in Japan. Also in England – once (!), where he directed the 2002 National Theatre Production of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera.
“Baker's production cleverly manages to make The Threepenny Opera worth more than 30 West End musicals.”
Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard, 2002
Tim has made a lifelong commitment to the theatre in Wales, and particularly, although not exclusively, to young people. Since 1997 Tim has been Associate Director at Theatr Clwyd, and Artistic Director of TC Theatre for Young People. Recently, after directing over 80 productions for Theatr Clwyd (and writing over 20 plays), Tim has left to pursue more freelance work. In particular, over the next year, Tim will complete his Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award, enabling him to travel to small nations all over the world and create conversations with artists and teachers about creativity and minority language in small nations.
Tim is a fluent Welsh speaker, and has directed two productions for the Welsh Language National Theatre of Wales. He is a member of the Gorsedd of Bards, for services to the arts in Wales and in 2014 was made an Honorary Fellow of Glyndwr University, again for services to the arts in Wales.
Between 2008 and 2012 Tim was Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre of Wales.
Whilst at Clwyd, under Tim’s direction, the Theatre for Young People created thrilling and innovative projects both in the theatre and beyond for families and young people. Recently Tim developed a revolutionary approach to involving young people in the arts by creating a ‘hit’ team called “Artists@Work”, a residency in schools, comprising interventions, provocations and performances designed to inspire young people and their communities creatively.
'...reminded me why I work at the arts council… a brilliant idea, superbly delivered. it's rare to see such inventive and ambitious models in schools”
Sally Lewis, Portfolio Manager, Arts Council of Wales
During 2015 Tim took his play “Mimosa” (charting the experience of the Welsh who left Wales for Patagonia in 1865), with a company of young actors, to Patagonia, touring through the “Wladfa” to great acclaim.
In December 2016 Tim’s play about a chance encounter between a young Syrian refugee and a young Welsh boy – “Scattered” played at the Good Chance Theatre in the refugee camp in Calais. It will be seen again on the South Bank in London in August 2016.
Details are on this link: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/scattered-98323
Tim has adapted many titles for the stage, including works by Dylan Thomas, Dickens, George Eliot and Steinbeck. Two of his adaptations, Great Expectations and The Grapes of Wrath have been published.
For CTC Main house, recent directorial highlights include:
The Grapes of Wrath ***** (Guardian)
A Midsummer Nights Dream ***** (Times)
Great Expectations *****(WM)
Festen *****(The Stage)
To Kill a Mockingbird *****(WM)
A Child’s Christmas in Wales *****(The Stage)
Rape of the Fair Country *****(WM)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog *****(WM)
Sky Hawk *****(The Stage)
Not About Heroes *****(WM)
Little Shop of Horrors *****(WM) (WM – Western Mail, National Newspaper of Wales)
• Best Production Liverpool Daily Post 1997 (Rape of the Fair Country)
• Barclays Stage Partners Award 2000
• Best Director - Liverpool Daily Post 2001
• Barclays Stage Partners Award 2001
• Best Production Wales Theatre Awards 2001 (To Kill a Mockingbird)
• Best Production Liverpool Daily Post 2001 (To Kill a Mockingbird)
• Best Visiting Production Manchester Evening News 2002 (To Kill a Mockingbird)
• Arts & Business Partnership Award 2002
• Best Regional Production Liverpool Daily Post 2003 (A View From the Bridge)
• Creative Wales Award Winner Arts Council of Wales 2008 (Theatre and Small Nations)
• Arts Council of Wales Beacon Award 2009 (for excellence in the field) Theatre for Young People Artistic Director Tim Baker
• 2013 inducted into the National Eisteddfod Gorsedd (Circle of Bards) for services to the Arts in Wales
• 2015 Honorary Fellow of Glyndwr University for services to the Arts in Wales
• T im is an Adviser to the Arts Council of Wales and also to the Department of theatre, film and television studies at Aberystwyth University, and is an Honorary Associate of Bangor University.
'This wonderfully fresh production justifiably raised a full house to a standing ovation... '
***** A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2008
'…lives up to Baker’s deserved reputation….a tight, well crafted musical play '
***** Great Expectations, 2009
Adapted by Tim Baker pub. Josef Weinberger
The Western Mail
'A wonderful piece – taut, well structured, fast paced and riveting.'
***** Festen, 2009
The Western Mail
'A classic novel adaptation, ...magnificently theatrical and true to the book and Dickens.'
Hard Times, 2000